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Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, but left it in place until an appeals court can rule on the case. Judge Orlando Garcia issued the preliminary injunction after two gay couples challenged a state...

Reputed Guzman lieutenant to plead guilty

CHICAGO (AP) — A reputed lieutenant of recently captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has indicated during a federal court hearing in Chicago that he intends to plead guilty in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy that also allegedly involved his boss....

FBI Helping Ohio Police In Bus Driver Shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The FBI is working with Dayton police in the investigation of the shooting of a bus driver who said a biblical book in his shirt pocket helped stop two of the bullets. FBI spokesman Rick Smith said Wednesday that agents will help determine whether the shooting...

NASA could have prevented astronaut’s close call

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA could have prevented last summer’s near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut. That’s the conclusion of an investigation board created by NASA in the wake of last July’s close call outside the International Space Station....

Yatsenyuk proposed as new Ukraine prime minister

Pro-Russian protesters, right, clash with Crimean Tatars in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. More than 10,000 Muslim Tatars rallied in support of the interim government. That group clashed with a smaller pro-Russian...

Syrian state media say army killed 175 rebels

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows dead bodies of Syrian rebels south of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Syrian army troops killed scores of rebels Wednesday state media reported, a major attack targeting mostly al-Qaida-linked fighters...

Ohio Agencies At Odds Over Sediment In Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two government agencies are locked in a disagreement over whether dredged sediment from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor are clean enough to be dumped miles out in Lake Erie. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have...

Chief, 2 officers arrested in car impound scheme

Monterey County District attorney Dean Flippo, left, and Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller answer questions during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Salinas, Calif. Flippo said the six officers, including the recently retired police chief and the acting chief, have...

Feds file suit against for-profit college chain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it has filed a lawsuit against a large for-profit college chain alleging that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default. The bureau says Indiana-based...

US warns Russia on Ukraine, nudges Georgia to West

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday warned Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine as it renewed demands that Moscow withdraw troops from disputed enclaves in another former Soviet republic, Georgia. The U.S. also urged Georgia to further integrate...